A cemetery of three acres was opened here in 1854 in the north end of the town with two small mortuary chapels and consecrated in 1856. It has always been under the management and control of the Urban District (Town) Council.
Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of Wirksworth Cemetery on Cemetery Lane on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.
There was also a small Baptist cemetery in North End prior to 1912.
"WIRKSWORTH is a market-town, in the parish of its name, which is partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, and extending into those of Appletree and High Peak; 139 miles from London, 48 S.S.E. from Manchester, 20 S.E. from Buxton, 14 S. by W. from Chesterfield, the like distance N.N.W. from Derby, 6 N.W. from Belper, and 3 S. from Matlock Bath; situate near to the direct road from the metropolis to Manchester. In Domesday survey it is called Werchesvorde, but, according to vulgar tradition, it took its derivation from the circumstance of malefactors being condemned to work in the lead-mines here, and their labours proving valuable, it was said their work is worth, hence the easy transition to its present mode of spelling."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
In 1857, Wirksworth contained 11 townships. Ashleyhay is a hamlet and former township just south of Wirksworth. Hopton is a township in the union of Ashbourne, 2 miles west-by-south from Wirksworth station. Callow is also a township in the union of Ashbourne, 2 miles south-west of Wirksworth.
Passenger rail service ended in 1947 but has recently started up again.
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